Published on Apr 2, 2012
This excerpt is taken from an interview included in a DVD collection of four films by Michael Edols, titled 'ASPECTS OF A LIFE: Working with Indigenous Australians'.
The complete interview is 40-minutes in length and was recorded in Canberra in 2011.
The 2-DVD set represents a significant and sustained body of work, produced over 16 years, recording the culture and history of Indigenous communities, especially in the Kimberleys, in the north-west of Western Australia.
Recruited by Elders from three tribal language groups - Worrora, Wunamble and Ngarinyin -- to collaborate with them in making films, Edols and the communities both recorded and reconstructed their culture, past and present, from pre-European contact (in LALAI DREAMTIME) to their present dislocated, mission-based lifestyle (in FLOATING).
The four films in the Collection have long been unavailable to the general public but are now released in digitally re-mastered form, with community approval:
(1972, 60 mins)
FLOATING ... LIKE WIND BLOW 'EM ABOUT
(1975, 72 mins)
WHEN THE SNAKE BITES THE SUN
(1985, 57 mins)
HERE'S MY HAND
(1988, 27 mins)
The DVD Collection also includes a booklet written by Michael Edols to assist with study and understanding. For further information see the Ronin Films website - www.roninfilms.com.au